Jimmy Rollins, who signed a five-year, $40 million contract extension in 2005, will make $7.5 million in 2010 and $8.5 million in 2011.
Beerleaguer: The majority of components from the championship core have been compensated in one form or another since the parade down Broad Street. So the Phillies did the right thing by rewarding a vital cog the only way they could. J-Roll is signed well below market value and won an MVP award midway through his tenure. Barring a catastrophic injury, which would, in my opinion, shatter all hope for a title, Rollins was going to be the shortstop the next two seasons. The timing also couldn't be better for Ruben Amaro Jr. to win back some goodwill. The Phillies severed loyalties with several key components this offseason, including Brett Myers, Scott Eyre, Pedro Feliz, and most surprisingly, World Series stalwart Cliff Lee in a swap of former Cy Youngs. The move might also serve as a way to light a spark for a player coming off something of a midlife crisis; Rollins posted an 86 OPS + this season, his lowest in seven seasons. But even in a down year, he still managed to lead all major league shortstops in fielding percentage (.990) en route to his third-straight Gold Glove Award.
The hanging option is one of those issues that was out there, but didn’t come to light until now. Let’s be honest: If I was Rollins, I would be incredibly bothered knowing the Phillies had an opportunity to guarantee a little more job security and hadn’t done so until now. At a time when there is an absolute shortage of capable shortstops, here’s a guy who forfeited free agency during a moment in history when the Phillies were the most despised team in town.